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Three ways to celebrate the end of summer in RVA

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by Kate Vinnedge

Photo by Kevin Kelly

 

The first day of Fall is on the way - school’s back in session, and while the trees are still green, you can see the chlorophyl starting to fade in turn with the heat of summer. For a lot of people, the break in the scorching summer rays is a welcome one - for people like me, however, the end of summer is a dreaded time of year. I endure winter, spend spring looking forward to summer, and reminisce about hazy summer heat in the autumn.

If you’re anything like me, you probably have an end-of-summer ritual. If you don’t, or are looking for something to add to your repertoire, you’ve come to the right place.

The North Bank Trail

There’s nothing more summery (to me, at least) than the North Bank Trail. Especially that section at the trail’s eastern mouth head, where it flattens out and runs parallel to the train tracks, covered in kudzu that always encroaches on the narrow strip of trail, nipping at your ankles as you jog on by. I can hear the cicadas, feel the sun, and smell the potent mix of dry dirt, humid air, heavy vegetation, muddy river bank, and train track rust.

Hardywood Food Truck Night

What’s better than sipping on beer and chowing down on Richmond food with your friends? I’m having a hard time coming up with anything. There’s only a few Hardywood Food Truck Nights left this year, so make sure you’re available on Thursday evenings (and tonight)!

Birdhouse Farmers Market

While this farmers market is open for more of the year than it is closed, the Birdhouse Farmers Market is best experienced under the gaze of the summer sun. Treat yourself to the last of the summer’s produce, and get a head start on your autumn-inspired dishes!

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